Kelly Eviston Quinnett is a Professor at the University of Idaho teaching acting since 1998. She attended Northern Kentucky University where she received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, then went on to earn a M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Idaho. She has performed regionally at Flat Rock Playhouse, New York Theatre Lab, Coeur D’Alene Summer Theatre and Mill Mountain Theatre.
In 1990, Kelly won the National Irene Ryan Acting Competition presented by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, which led to her being placed under a development contract with ABC. Kelly also won the regional Irene Ryan in 1995.
Kelly appeared on All My Children as Maria Monterey (1990, 1991) and on One Life To Live as Blaine Adams (1991). Her films include: The Absent with Sam Ball; Home of the Brave, directed by Irwin Winkler (with Samuel L. Jackson, 2006); Mozart and the Whale (with Josh Hartnett, 2005); The Basket (with Peter Coyote, 1998); Mr. Write (with Paul Reiser and Martin Mull, 1994); Brothers and Sisters (with Franco Nero, 1991); and Frank (with John Gries, 2006). She has performed most recently in Bus Stop (with Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon), directed by Scott Allen Smith at Interplayers Theatre; The Lake (with Rob Estes) by writer/colleague Rob Caisley; and Same Time Next Year (with Rob Estes). Kelly has also performed in the musicals, The Full Monty, Oklahoma, Annie, and The King and I with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre and Grace and Glorie for Idaho Repertory Theatre in summer 2006.
In April 2009, Kelly was honored at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival as a National Faculty Fellow and performed in the New Plays Festival Readings.
She is the Chair of Region 7 Kennedy Center American College of Theatre Festival.